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Q&A with Brent "Bart" Magner, Arctic Cat Snowmobile Drive Engineer

(7/27/2015)

Arctic Cat snowmobile engineer Bart Magner. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Arctic Cat has most talented and experienced engineers in the entire snowmobile industry. One such engineer is Brent “Bart” Magner, whose role is to calibrate the clutching and gearing on all Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

If you’ve owned an Arctic Cat snowmobile in the past 25 years, there’s a 99% likelihood that Magner was one of the guys responsible for the clutch calibration.

Click to read about his job, the new TEAM clutches, racing with Larry Coltom and a bunch of other interesting stories.

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TGIF: The July 24, 2015 Edition

(7/24/2015)

TGIF: Chrysler Sno Runner Gang at ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful the ArcticInsiders can ditch-bang their Chrysler Sno Runners faster, higher and farther than the SledNecks.

I'm thankful we have our motorcycle license endorsments, and that we obey all traffic signals and use hand signals whenever possible.

I'm thankful that, if you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 24, 2015.

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2016 Arctic Cat/Christian Brothers Racing Soo 500 Replica-Racers

(7/15/2015)

Project: Special-Build 2016 Arctic Cat enduro/Soo ZR6000R sleds. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Thanks to the stunning success of Team Arctic’s Soo 500 sled project last season, nine identical Arctic Cat ZR6000R race sleds are being built for sale by Arctic Cat and Christian Brothers Racing.

These custom enduro sleds are coming together right now inside the Christian Brothers Racing shop in Fertile, Minn.

Click for details.

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Up Close: 2015 Soo 500 Winning Arctic Cat ZR6000R

(7/13/2015)

Team Arctic's Brian Dick and Wes Selby with 2015 Soo 500 sled. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

This past season, a huge effort by a cadre of Arctic Cat racers, engineers, speed shops, mechanics and crew members crafted three identical race sleds to contest the famed Soo 500 International enduro in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

The effort culminated with Team Arctic going 1-2-8 with the three sleds.

This is the winning machine that was piloted that day by Team Arctic’s Brian Dick (left) and Wes Selby (right).

Click to get up close with the winners.

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Listen to the Legend: Jim Dimmerman and Frans Rosenquist Podcast

(7/8/2015)

Jim Dimmerman is a former Team Arctic Sno Pro legend and 1984 World Champion who also happens to have an uncanny memory AND knack for telling great stories.

In this podcast with fellow Sno Pro-era veteran Frans Rosenquist (and hosted by journalists Gord Avann & Hal Armstrong), Dimmerman discusses his career, the Factory Sno Pro era, a special dyno session at Polaris, and much more.

Definitely worth listening to.

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TGIF: The-Almost-July-4th, 2015 Edition

(7/3/2015)

TGIF: Snowmobile fireworks

I'm thankful that we can celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day in the same week.

I'm truly thankful for the freedom we enjoy.

I'm thankful for "Ooos" and "Ahhhs."

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 3, 2015.

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The Hunt for 1982 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

(6/29/2015)

Adam Leubner's 1982 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

The 1982 Arctic Cats "that never were" hold a very special place among certain collectors for their almost mythical status.

Adam Leubner is one such collector.

Consumed by a passion to find and bring to light these almost mythical machines, Leubner tells his tale of uncovering four such machines.

Click to read his story.

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TGIF: The June 26, 2015 Edition

(6/26/2015)

TGIF: Military Arctic Cat Wildcat

I'm thankful for the eclectic mix of riders I see during some leisurely ATV outings.

I'm thankful for the restraint these guys showed when I inquired about their custom Arctic Cat Wildcat.

I'm thankful for the precautions they take to ensure everyone's safety when riding the trails.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 26, 2015.

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Two Days Great at Arctic Cat: The June 2015 Report

(6/18/2015)

This week at Arctic Cat.

There was a WHOLE BUNCH of cool stuff happening at Arctic Cat during my two-day visit to TRF this week.

Click to see what was going on in the hometown of green.

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Kirk & Tucker Hibbert: Which Race-Winning Arctic Cat ZR is Better?

(6/15/2015)

Tucker & Kirk Hibbert sitting on their Arctic Cat race sleds. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

What would happen if Kirk and Tucker Hibbert raced each other using Kirk's 1993 I-500 winning ZR 440 and Tucker's 2014 ISOC Pro Open ZR6000R SX race sled?

Who would win? And what if they switched sleds?

I don't know, but it was interesting hearing them tease each other about the possibility.

Click to read a little more.

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TGIF: The June 12, 2015 Edition

(6/12/2015)

TGIF: The ATV Mud Nationals Edition

I'm thankful for the voluntary efforts to improve off-road safety for all user groups.

I'm thankful we can teach these efforts to our children.

I'm thankful that when this country outlaws crazy behavior, only the crazies will be outlaws.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 12, 2015.

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Nancy Ische's 1970 Arctic Cat Puma 793

(6/11/2015)

Nancy Ische's 1970 Arctic Cat 793 Puma. Photo: ArcticInsider.com

This stunning, restored 1970 Arctic Cat 793 Puma is collector Nancy Ische's pride and joy. And for good reason.

It's one of VERY few such 1970 Puma 793 models (three is the "official" production number for this model).

Click to read a little more about Arctic Cat's musclesled for 1970.

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Tested: Arctic Cat Hydration Pack

(6/9/2015)

Tested: Arctic Cat Hydration Pack

After two seasons using the Arctic Cat Hydration Pack during select rides, I'm here to tell you it's good to drink (water) and ride.

Click for more details.

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TGIF: The June 5, 2015 Edition

(6/5/2015)

Vintage Gilson minibike press photo is definately TGIF.

I'm thankful that when the snowmobile season is over or when I need a break from riding ATVs, I can hop on my trusty Gilson and head out into the jungle for a little rip.

I'm thankful for those wistful moments of self-reflection that occur at the end of a particularly challenging ride.

I'm thankful my pants match my helmet.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 5, 2015.

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Pat's Helmet: Achieving "Legend" Status the Hard Way

(6/4/2015)

Pat's sweet custom snowmobile helmet, on its way to LEGEND status.

“F@#$!” exclaimed Pat, just moments after we’d pulled into the vehicle parking.

“I forgot my $@#!*& helmet at home!”...

So begins the legend of Pat's sweet helmet.

Click to read the rest of the story.

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TGIF: The May 29, 2015 Edition

(5/29/2015)

TGIF: The snowmobile-is-a-horse (and I am an ass).

I'm thankful that the days of riding bareback are long behind me.

I'm thankful for a little extra horsepower when I'm out riding fences.

I'm thankful for that special bond between a cowboy and his Ski-Daddler.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 29, 2015.

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Ryan Simons Speedwerx-Built X Games Gold-Winning Hillcrosser

(5/21/2015)

Steve (L) and Jeremy Houle of Speedwerx with the winning sled they built. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

What exactly WAS the rip-snorting Arctic Cat that Ryan Simons crushed the field with to win the 2015 X Games Hillcross gold medal?

It's this Speedwerx-built, fully-custom hillcrosser with a 150-in. track and a supercharged 800 engine.

Click to see all the details.

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This Memorial Weekend: 2015 SHOF Round-Up

(5/19/2015)

SHOF Classic Sled Round-Up

Looking to get a vintage fix?

This coming Memorial weekend offers one of the great events for snowmobile enthusiasts: the Classic Sled Round-Up at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wis., and sponsored by Arctic Cat.

Click to read some details.

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TGIF: The May 15, 2015 Edition

(5/15/2015)

TGIF and the ATV gang is riding high.

I'm thankful we've stripped down these group ATV rides to their bare essentials.

I'm thankful that beer and water crossings are two of them.

I'm thankful these are professional riders under controlled situations, and that nobody would attempt these stunts.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 15, 2015.

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2015 Recap: Talking Racing with Team Arctic Manager Mike Kloety

(5/11/2015)

Team Arctic's Zach Herfindahl, Wes Selby & Mike Kloety. Photo: ArcticInsider.com

With the 2015 snowmobile race season in the record books, Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety talks about the highlights, lowlights and what to expect for next year.

Click for the full interview.

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